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RE: SSL workings
From: Joey Peloquin <jpelo1 () jcpenney com>
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2003 17:56:57 -0600

Yes, it sounds like you're a beginner; we all were at one time.  Being a
beginner, however, does not excuse you from your responsibility of
_attempting_ to research a topic on your own before bringing it to a
public forum.  See http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
for information on "How to Ask Questions the Smart Way".

Now, to answer your question, and some of the questions you inevitably
_will_ have the deeper you research, first memorize this URL to find
RFCs: http://search.ietf.org/

AFAIK, SSL was a Netscape spec, though, so it's here:
http://wp.netscape.com/eng/ssl3/draft302.txt

And, you might as well read up on the successor to SSL, TLS:

http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2246.txt 
 
TLS again, this obseletes the preceeding doc:

http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3546.txt

Depending on _how_ new you are, you may also find this useful:

http://ietf.org/rfc/rfc2151.txt

I don't intend any offense; it just pisses me off when it appears
someone hasn't even attempted to help themselves before asking or
expecting the community to help them.  Help us help you.

Joey Peloquin

-----Original Message-----
From: trystano () aol com [mailto:trystano () aol com] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2003 11:18 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: SSL workings


Can some please highlight exactly how SSL works. I know it encrypts data
sent between a client and a server and uses authentications through use
of certificates etc.

But does it secure the a socket/port out of which the data is being
transffered. Does SSL send data through a different port that normal
unprotected data transfers?

Sorry if this sounds kind of beginner like :-s

Cheers

Tryst

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